The New Orleans Saints would be high on the target list for Cowboys free-agent linebacker Victor Butler if Butler leaves his Thursday visit with Pittsburgh without a contract, according to a source. The problem for the Saints is Butler may not leave Pittsburgh as the Steelers are pushing hard to land the 25-year-old linebacker.

New Orleans just agreed to terms with former Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis on Thursday, but the hefty contract is salary-cap friendly this season as Lewis' cap number will only be $2.2 million. This means the Saints left themselves some wiggle room to acquire another free-agent piece.

The Saints are certainly looking for outside linebackers for their new 3-4 defensive scheme and Butler would fit the bill. Butler played under Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan the last two seasons in Dallas and would have a firm grasp of the system in New Orleans.

New Orleans was willing to spend money on linebacker Paul Kruger as the Saints finished runner-up to Cleveland to sign one of the top free-agent pass rushers.